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Survival Horror: A Zombie Story [Formato Kindle]

Paul Johnson

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Sinossi

A new game show is sweeping the world. In the UK, contestants are lining up at the Mile High Tower for their chance to win ₤10,000,000,000. Nathan Baxter is in that line. Broke and desperate for money to support his family, he edges closer to his destiny.
Stay alive for an hour, that’s all he has to do. But so far no one has won or even come close. Can Nathan kill enough zombies to put his wife and five-year-old son on easy street for a few years? Or can he shock the nation and win the show.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 579 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 186
  • Editore: Open Casket Press; 1st edizione (15 maggio 2012)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B0083UL7JC
  • Da testo a voce: Abilitato
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7 di 11 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
1.0 su 5 stelle Poorly edited edition of a great work... 26 maggio 2013
Di Michael Gardner - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle
This version of Survival Horror: A Zombie Story is a few levels below par. The editing is a mishmash of ignorance and downright neglect for a publishing house, not to mention a staple for how they treat their authors. And to charge nearly ten bucks? Absurd. So absurd that I'm sure the "editor in chief" will complain about it.

As someone who has put out a story or two with smaller presses like this, I've experienced the good and the bad. And this is shameful at best. I cannot, nor will I ever, recommend anything from Open Casket Press. To mistreat their writers like this is bad enough. But to swindle honest, hardworking fans of the genre with such a ridiculous price is pathetic. The integrity of this company, as well as Living Dead Press, will forever be disgraced because of actions like this.

Never had I ever imagined throwing up a one-star review, but I guess I was wrong.

STAY AWAY. HORRIBLY EDITED DEAD INSIDE.
5 di 8 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
1.0 su 5 stelle editing was horrible... 27 maggio 2013
Di Ray Ford - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle
I really wish Open Casket Press would just close down. They ruin every book they get their hands on. I can't tell you how many times I've read a book from this press that was just straight jacked up. Don't bother with this book until the jerk running the press gives the Author his rights back.
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1.0 su 5 stelle Think Twice 29 maggio 2013
Di GNBraun - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
A prime example of how NOT to edit and publish a book. This version has been hijacked from the author, and I recommend staying away from EVERYTHING published by Tony G and his slew of amateur presses.
If I could give LESS than one star, I would. Just add a minus sign to the star.
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1.0 su 5 stelle Some people should just stop... 27 maggio 2013
Di Dale Eldon - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
I don't always agree with folks in the publishing world, but I still have respect for them. I rarely say anything in public to make a spectacle, but the man who edited this work is a sham. He has made headlines over and over. He has screwed over authors both new and established. I don't know what exactly his problem is, but he seems hellbent on hurting authors. He takes their work and butchers it, then over-prices it and refuses to give back rights.

This author made a mistake, but one that has happened to a lot of authors. He wants the rights back, but the editor has refused. The editor has made a horrible brand of himself and has caused much trouble in his wake.

As a friend to many authors who have been affected by this man, I'm throwing my support behind them. Here's a link about some of his buffoonery: [...]
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3.0 su 5 stelle And, now, folks, what's behind door number thr-- WHAT THE CRAP?!! IT'S FREAKIN' ZOMBIES!! 1 aprile 2013
Di H. Bala - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile|Acquisto verificato Amazon
Bummer! It's a dystopian future, is the year 2035, and in the UK, the most popular reality game show is Survival Horror. In a bleak time in which the gap between the haves and the have-nots had grown that much wider, Survival Horror offers an ideal respite, a welcome distraction for the teeming underpriveleged. In the future, rubbernecking at what's tragic and macabre is still a global pastime. In each episode of Survival Horror, hapless contestants strive to survive an hour in zombie-infested quarters to earn that so far elusive grand prize of £10,000,000,000. Someone's got to eventually win it, right? Right?

They aren't zombies, not in the old-fashioned sense. These in-game predators are actually convicts that had been injected with a serum to purposely drive them mad. The aesthetics are similar to that of zombie horror. Those infected have no minds left. They know no pain and will tear and rend and consume human flesh. To make it even more interesting for the contestants, it's not enough that they survive the hour. They also have to kill at least one infected every 7.5 minutes or be disqualified, meaning then they'll only be playing for survival. Nathan Baxter - whose family is a hair away from eviction - resigns himself to becoming the latest no-hoper.

In a society growing ever desensitized to violence and increasingly dumbed down by exposure to endless reality shows, Paul Johnson's horror tale is only one more indictment on our culture and on social media. Johnson doesn't much explore character development. He prefers to get a move on already. There's no need for deep metaphors, not really. Everything is pretty much in your face and easy enough to decipher or draw parallels to. He does set up enough background detail with regards to how a citizen in 2035 can qualify as a contestant (there's a pretty strict filtering system). We follow Nathan Baxter as he joins the neverending line of desperate hopefuls and as he undergoes a battery of tests to determine if he's game show material.

SURVIVAL HORROR reads like an even more frenzied version of THE RUNNING MAN. While light on character moments, the brutal action delivers regularly and with bombast. Cue the quick reaction passages from the rabid viewers as Nathan begins to flirt with the unthinkable as he survives one harrowing zombie encounter after another. And as usual with these stories, the zombies prove not to be as menacing as the fellow humans Nathan runs into. I will say that a certain thrill is absent because there's no danger of the victims being zombified himself.

This is a short read. Running 134 pages, it's more novella than novel. I was bothered a bit by some inconsistencies. After it's been established that a contestant needed to kill an infected every 7.5 minutes, Baxter later muses to himself that he has ten minutes to make a kill. One of the boasts of the show is that no one had so far survived an hour and won the grand prize. And yet one sadistic guard with a grudge against Baxter later reflects that "No one had ever gone beyond an hour and forty-five minutes and Baxter wasn't going to be the first." What the what?!! So 3 out of 5 stars for this one. Fun but flawed. To whomever edited this thing, c'mon, son, you're better than that.

In this volume Paul Johnson offers further shiver-me-timbers in the shape of five bonus short stories:

- "Short Sharp Shocker" - In the year 2107 our planet has gone to absolute kaka. Faced with horrific overpopulation and global food shortage, one corporation profits off the world's remaining resource. Somewhere, Charlton Heston's about to say something before they drag him away.

- "The Importance of Social Networking" - A psychopathic stalker takes Facebook perhaps too literally.

- "The Chamber" - Our government has figured out the most horrible punishment for lawbreakers: they literally get their souls sucked out. File this one under "Things We Mortals Shouldn't Ever, Ever Mess With."

- "The King of Bling" - Time and again, interlopers persist in ignoring the curse placed on a tomb. Here's one more instance.

- "The Receipts" - A darkly comic peek into the life of a harried suburban husband.

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